NEW YORK, August 17, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Commissioner Dr. Linda Lagemann opened the CCHR Traveling Exhibit at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel August 10 by referring to the October 2004 FDA-ordered “black box” warnings that antidepressants could cause suicidal thoughts and actions in those under 18—a warning later extended through age 24.
Despite this, Lagemann states, “In America over one million children, birth to 5 years old, are on a psychotropic drug.” She called on attorneys to champion this issue “and hold accountable those entities responsible for the death and disability of our future generation.”
She described various features of the exhibit that provide the history of psychiatry and put today’s practices into perspective. “Psychiatry has a long history of brutal experiments. Lobotomies were marketed as a miracle cure in their day. JFK's sister was lobotomized and could only speak three words after her institutionalization. In the 1940s and 50s, lobotomies were performed on some 40,000 patients in the United States. Today we look back and can’t believe we allowed that happen. It is vital that the legal profession take the initiative in protecting American children and families from experimental and highly dangerous practices.”Psychiatry has a long history of brutal experiments. Lobotomies were marketed as a miracle cure in their day.
Dr. Lagemann was joined by author and human rights advocate Gary Thompson who pointed out that these drugs “are not the solution. They take away people’s sense of self and independence. Helping people gain a sense of self, a sense of purpose and a sense of direction with their lives will address the root causes of depression and other labeled mental health issues.”
Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 180 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.
CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.